July 5th, 2022 – 1,378

I snagged a bargain today. Pokémon Diamond, an authentic cartridge, which is the one Gen IV game I’m missing. But more important, it’s a Japanese copy, which means I can get a Ditto from it and do the Mesuda method without any AR nonsense getting involved, which I wanted to keep to a minimum. At present, it looks like the AR is only needed for Manaphy, Arceus, Shamin, Darkrai, Jirachi and Deoxys. The latter two are the only real ‘hacked’ ones too, as the rest I’m just using the device to trigger the events. I do now have an original DS, so technically I could if I chose get FR/LG, and either an R4 or GBA AR to trigger their events, but that would cost a fortune, and this Diamond cartridge wasn’t cheap. At least I can get Mew by trading 999 Pokémon to My Pokémon Ranch. That’s not going to be tedious at all…

Oh, but I do have one other reason this new cart is exciting. The main selling point was five event Pokemon, including the Scizor, and the three shiny legendary dogs. I had two already from back in the day but now I’ll have all three so that alone would be cool enough. But the elusive ‘Pikachu-Coloured’ Pichu – shiny but the name is specific to this event – is the icing on the cake. So yeah, I am hyped to trigger one of the coolest events in HGSS.

Oh and TEL continues to be delightful to write. I am so glad, it really is all I ever hoped for. Even if it doesn’t end up ‘good’ I am happy.